Jeddah Security and Development Summit .. Close Relations for the Regional Security and Stability

Jeddah Security and Development Summit .. Close Relations for the Regional Security and Stability

The close relations between the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states and the United States of America contribute to achieving security and stability in the region, and to strengthening the political, economic, commercial and investment tracks.

During the visit of His Excellency President Joseph Biden of the United States of America to the Kingdom, Jeddah Security and Development Summit brings together the leaders of the GCC, in addition to the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, the Arab Republic of Egypt, and the Republic of Iraq, with the United States of America, emphasizing the Kingdom’s leading role at the Arab, Islamic and international arenas. Holding this summit confirms the Kingdom’s global economic weight, in addition to its regional and international responsibility and its pivotal role in the security and stability of the region.

The response of the GCC leaders to the invitation of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud affirms the common vision for a region of peace and stability, the importance of commitment to the security of the region, defense and security cooperation, and the protection of maritime shipping routes in accordance with the principles of international legitimacy .

The summit aims to confirm the historical partnership among the GCC countries, deepen joint cooperation in various fields, and stress the importance of developing ways of cooperation among them and build joint projects that contribute to achieving sustainable development in the region. This event also aims to address collectively environmental challenges and confront climate change, including the Green Saudi and Green Middle East Initiatives, announced by His Royal Highness Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz, Crown Prince, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense, in addition to the development of renewable energy sources.

The summit also affirms the importance of close cooperation and common visions towards a number of issues and situations in the region, including affirming the GCC stance supporting the two-state solution to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict in accordance with resolutions of international legitimacy and the Arab Peace Initiative, condemning Houthi terrorist attacks against civilians, landmarks and energy facilities, and welcoming the formation of a Presidential Leadership Council in Yemen. The summit aims to support the negotiated solution between the Yemeni government and the Houthis, the welcome and extension of the truce, and the importance of commitment to continue supporting the humanitarian and relief needs of the Yemeni people.

It also stresses preventing the spread of weapons of mass destruction in the region, calling on Iran to return to its nuclear commitments, full cooperation with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), respect for the rules of good-neighbourliness, mutual respect and non-interference in internal affairs, and positive cooperation with countries in the region and the international community in a manner that preserves regional and international security and stability.

The summit also supports Iraq’s security, stability and prosperity as well as political solutions to all crises in the region, in accordance with the United Nations’ relevant resolutions and principles. It asserts the importance of Lebanon’s stability and the independence of its political decision, and support for the security and stability of Afghanistan.

With regard to the crisis between Russia and Ukraine, the summit comes as an affirmation of commitment to the principles of international law and the Charter of the United Nations, respect for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of states, non-use of force or the threat of force, in addition to the support for mediation efforts, a political solution to the crisis through negotiations, provision of humanitarian and relief assistance.

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